MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- Five years ago, most of southern Wisconsin was dealing with devastating flooding that killed three people, forced hundreds of people to evacuate, damaged or destroyed thousands of homes, farms and businesses, closed interstates and roads and drained Lake Delton. Flood waters and storms caused more than $763 million in damages.
A State of Emergency was declared for 31 counties and federal disaster assistance was made available. Some of the statewide damage and assistance totals included:
Since the 2008 flooding, the Department of Military Affairs has been active in long-term recovery efforts for communities such as Gays Mills and Rock Springs. The hazard mitigation efforts include: